Arms to Iraq – Just who knew what would have to be the question – Part 1
Baby Supergun - Successfully test fired North of Baghdad
Project Babylon – Supergun – Designed to fire CBW/WMD into Iran & Israel
Made in Sheffield UK with full British Government/MoD/DTI/MI5 Approval
We have seen so many government inquiries come and go, all of which served no purpose apart from releasing the elite of government from any wrong doings.
Have you ever asked yourself just how well they covered their tracks and who could have been implicated in knowing what was being shipped to Iraq and from where?
Ever asked yourself why certain key figures just simply died for no apparent reason?
Are you concerned that by their actions and their arrogance they continued on in their corrupt ways to fulfil their own hidden agenda and their own financial gain?
Can you believe that many of those involved are still in positions of power or are in a position to manipulate the legal system and flaunt their own self imposed authority against the best interests of the British Government and its people?
So lets turn the clock back and reflect on some of these under the table deals that went on between the US and UK Governments, the CIA, MI5, MI6, MoD and more importantly from the office of the Department of Trade and Industry and associated outlets such as the Trade and Industry Select Committee etc
It would be better to first highlight who played what role during these rather dark years and who may have been privy to some of the highly secretive information that floated around the corridors of power in both Number 10, Westminster, MoD, DTI and not forgetting the cloak and dagger brigade at MI5?MI6
I guess to be fair we would have to go back to some rather dark days that commenced in 1987 with the dealings of Matrix Churchill, a British company at the centre of the Arms-to-Iraq affair. This company had connections to the US as well as here in the UK and believe it or not was basically owned and run by the Iraqi’s.
One has to remember that illegal arms dealings have always been the mainstay of the very lucrative arms manufacturing business especially in the US. Unfortunately the US was getting a rather a bad name for itself and launched into a new policy of allowing someone else to market and distribute their products for them and in doing so stopped the finger pointing.
This new policy served two purposes it opened a floodgate of corruption/fraud by allowing political figures in the target country (in this case the UK) to fill up their own pockets or their party coffers with vast sums of illegal money.
Lets look at how Matrix Churchill got off the ground and how they eventually collapsed after the chance finding by customs officials (at the port of Teesside) of “Supergun” parts about to be loaded on a ship and addressed to Iraq.
In October 1987 TMG Engineering Ltd took over TI Machine Tools and renamed the company to Matrix Churchill Ltd (a leading British tool-maker) TDG UK (who owned 89% of TMG) was chaired by the Iraq’s procurement leader, Safa al Habobi who basically controlled everything with the other Iraqi board members, who also happened to be the main investor. To make things legal and appear to be pure British the newly named company, Matrix Churchill was run by their Managing Director, Paul Henderson.
In the eyes of the public and Western governments, Matrix Churchill presented TMG as a set of European and Middle Eastern investors who bought into Matrix Churchill’s vision of restructuring its company, which had been having serious financial troubles. In fact, Matrix Churchill officials knew that Iraq secretly controlled the company and that Habobi headed a large-scale, secret procurement effort for Iraq’s military industries.
TMG also bought Matrix Churchill Corporation in the United States which had been a distribution agent for Matrix Churchill in the United States, and Newcast Foundries Ltd. in Britain which made castings for Matrix Churchill. TDG coordinated the activities of the group, particularly in terms of its sales to Iraq. After its purchase, Matrix Churchill group received a significant increase in business with Iraq.
The Iraqi members of the boards of directors of companies in the group were in firm control of the companies’ day-to-day activities and sometimes authoritarian in their actions. Both Habobi and Fadel Jawad Khadhum, a board member of several of these companies, worked for Iraqi establishments and sometimes dictated to their British and U.S. employees’ Iraqi desires.
Because two of Matrix Churchill’s senior officials provided information to British intelligence about Iraqi activities, the British government had considerable knowledge about Iraq’s secret military procurement activities. However, the British government decided to allow most of Matrix Churchill’s sales to Iraq. As a result, a scandal erupted after the Persian Gulf War about the role of the British government in arming Iraq. This scandal reached a crisis when the government’s case against Matrix Churchill officials collapsed in November 1992. The government prosecutors developed convincing evidence that Matrix Churchill officials had deliberately deceived export control officials about the true purpose of the items exported to Iraq. However, the case collapsed because the defense was able to show that the government had known the true purpose of the exports at the time and had encouraged the exports.
It was clear right from the onset that this was a US and UK government approved operation, with a DTI monitoring mechanism and a means of exporting both US and British arms and military know how to Iraq and with the full approval of the CIA/MI5/MI6.
I would like to point out that even prior to this Matrix Churchill Affair the US and UK Government were again in bed together in providing Iraq with huge amounts of munitions, arms, equipment, Chemical & Biological Warfare (CBW), WMD’s etc to support Iraq during the Iraq-Iran War (22 September 1980 – August 20, 1988)……you may find it hard to believe that the US and UK wanted to drag this war out as long as possible as it was good for business. It is also fact that the US and UK wanted Iraq to be the victor (which was not the case). It was thanks to the west’s involvement that allowed Sadam to use CBW on the Kurds and also on the Iranian Army and civilian populations.
Don’t you find it so hypocritical and evil to know that our country and the US assisted Iraq in the use CBW and WMD against the above and yet the US and UK stood firm in their (two faced) opposition towards WMD’s…..which is still to this day their justification for going to war………can you even just think that that war criminal, Donald Rumsfeld even paid Sadam a visit and shook his hand……..makes you want to throw up hey?
US/UK Involvement in Chemical & Biological Warfare
History has always shown that conflict and war brings in much money, not only for the arms manufacturers and their countries balance of exports but also in private and political fraud and corruption. It would be an opportune time to see who was in office at this particular time and who may have had their hands brushed with the mighty greenback ($)
Well by now you have probably guessed who was PM at the time of the Iraq-Iran War….yes the “Iron Lady” herself dear Maggie Thatcher……who incidentally had a lot to do with CBW in the old Rhodesia and the transfer of the entire product and staff down to South Africa (some of which returned to Porton Down in the UK) ……..with naturally Dr. David Kelly at the helm to oversee her instructions (poor man!!)
I cannot just leave this two faced arms trading game their because prior to Dear Maggie the previous PM James Gallaghan was also working extremely well with the US Government on illegal arms trading so we the British have a very long history of illegal arms trading and massive fraud and corruption.
Don’t you find it rather repulsive to know that when these high flying political elite leave office they are given the title of The Right Honourable – The Lord Callaghan of Cardiff or in Maggies case The Right Honourable – The Baroness Thatcher or some obscure Knighthood………to add to this disgusting practice we have to fully understand the implications……..thousands upon thousands of innocent lives have been lost to keep their conflicts and wars going, including our own servicemen and this continues on to this day with Iraq, Afghanistan and now Libya…….wonder what the current PM will receive??
Ok so back to the story…other key people during the Iraq – Iran war were Michael Heseltine who was Secretary of State for Defence. Meanwhile as far as the DTI was concerned the position kept changed hands so many times under the turbulent years of Maggie Thatcher.
Eventually we come back to the period of the Matrix Churchill Affair when we still had Dear Maggie at the helm…..however things were to change dramatically over at the DTI when Nicholas Ridley became Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and who was kindly assisted by none other than John Biggs-Davison, who became Private Secretary to Ridley. It was believed around this time that Tara Andrea Davison (whom Gordon Bowden thinks was the daughter of John Biggs-Davison) joined under the umbrella of the DTI
Tara Andrea Davison
Nicholas Ridley remained in office from 24/7/1989 – 13/7/1990 and everyone working in and around the DTI would have been well aware of the illegality of the arms to Iraq scandal…..not to mention another US raised arms company, that established itself in Scotland called Allivane, which was there purely to stop the US taking flack for being the main supplier of illegal arms. It was also fact that John Biggs-Davison was an unofficial advisor to Allivane.
We will look at Allivane in more details but let’s finish off the Matrix Churchill scam….around this same period of time we had Kenneth Warren who had been around for some considerable time in the Tory Party and being an engineer was deeply involved in some other illegal arms dealings which we will return too later in the story.
So basically by early 1990 we have Nicholas Ridley still in office (soon to be replaced by Peter Lilley), supported by John Biggs-Davison and then we have Ken Warren who was Chair of the Trade and Industry Select Committee with Ms Tara Davison who was eventually employed as an Arms Investigator.
It is clear that all of the above people would have known part, if not all, of the Illegal Arms to Iraq deal, to which the Conservative Party owes much of its financial income ( and in some cases in a private capacity).
In April 1990 purely by chance Customs Officer at Teesside seized steel pipe sections on the dockside which appeared to have a military connection with Iraq…….this in actual fact turned out to be sections for the Iraq “Supergun” that was being developed to fire CBW & WMD into Iran and even possibly Israel.
Parts awaiting shipment at Teesside Docks, one sector of the gun was around 40 m long
Who was trying to deceive us at the DTI when it is obvious that this is a very large gun?
It was at the end of April 1990 that Ken Warren announced an investigation (Matrix Churchill Inquiry) into “Supergun” (don’t you find it strange that such an inquiry was formed from within)……I am sure that he may well have been aware of “Supergun” prior to this event. Ken Warren was himself a director of a financial house and director of Loral a US Defence Company. He also happened to be a close friend of Stephan Kock the guy who was placed into another illegal arms company called Astra, both of whom were members of the Special Forces Club.
Stephen Kock was a master mind when it came to dealing with money, especially in regard to Iraq and his pocket was always safeguarding by the British Government as he once declared himself:
“You see, before we advance monies to a company, we always insist on any funds being covered by [Britain's export credit agency] … We can’t lose. After 90 days, if the Iraqis haven’t coughed up, the company gets paid instead by the British government. Either way, we recover our loan, plus interest, of course. It’s beautiful.”
Kenneth Warren we have learnt was also deeply involved in the financial sector when he was the director of a financial house with links to Iraq as well as being a director of a US Defence Company as per Ms Tara Davison’s story below.
I found the following segment that described Britain’s Export Credit Agency:
Export credit agencies (ECAs) are publicly funded government agencies that provide lending and insurance to help companies compete overseas. As aid and development becomes increasingly commercialised, ECAs play an increasingly prominent role in large-scale infrastructure development projects.
Lending by ECAs quadrupled in the eight years between 1988 to 1996, to US$105 billion. Fifty-six per cent of low-income nation debt is now attributed to ECA-funded projects.
This is corporate welfare on a global scale. But don’t be surprised if you haven’t heard much about them — because they’re not too interested in letting the public know what they do.
I guess it nice to know that with the help of the government/MoD/DTI/MI5 our taxpayer’s money is siphoned off for illegal arms dealings, especially during the above period and then after some time we actually went to war with Iraq…….the country we had supported so strongly in illegal weapons, CBW, WMD…….the same country we helped in the attack against Iran and the same country we tried to elongate the war against Iran, hoping that Iraq would win…….how’s that for hypocrisy?
Just imagine all those that participated in this evil, under the table fraud/corruption still continue in office or are acting in an advisory role to their fellow political fraudster. We will cover part of this scam in the next part when we talk about those involved in the purchase of 3 X South African nuclear bomb using tax payer’s money and then lost them!!
It is evident that, Sir Ken (as he his now known), was deeply involved in this other under the table deal when he took a rather young research office, by the name of David Cameron, from the apron strings of Maggie Thatcher to South Africa
Matrix Churchill Inquiry collapsed almost as soon as it had started and this then led to another inquiry called the Scott Inquiry which commenced after Matrix Churchill in 1992 and was released to the public in 1996. The latter deeply involved Ms Tara Davison who played a key role in providing highly secretive evidence at a private sitting. Once can only assume that there was a close working relationship between Sir Ken Warren and Ms Davison (that may even continue to this day) as she would old vital information on the Government and DTI’s involvement in illegal arms dealings. Gordon Bowden thinks that she may be under some sort of Super Injunction and that someone like Ken Warren could well be pulling the strings!!
What I find incredible was that during this Matrix Churchill fiasco there were also some other irregularities going on….for instance Stephen Kock was a consultant to the Midland Bank who had a special section dealing with the financial side of the arms deals he also would have discussed much of his activity with Sir Ken Warren and I would have to ask the question who ordered the arrest of the Directors involved in “Supergun” and why were Customs forced to drop the charges when it was know that the parts they had found had military applications? Did Ken Warren play a significant role in watering down the Scott Report……according to Ms Davison he certainly did!!
I find it also ironic that those Directors were charged with exporting tools to Iraq for military purposes but where cleared when it was revealed that MI5 were clearly aware of these activities and the British Government were doing a sort of double deal with Iraq. Many businessmen were charged but it never got to court because they knew too much about the governments “double dipping.”
Another interesting fact is that Ministers Alan Clarke, William Waldergrove and Lord Trefgarne agreed that the guidelines for Iraq be revised (relaxed)…this change of policy was never announced to the Parliament and yet all those associated with the DTI would have known……..you may even find it hard to believe that back in 1988/9 our government even allowed mustard gas and nerve gas agents to be exported to Iraq……so much for our high horse standards hey?
UK Politicians profited from most of what was going on at the time and the fact that our government awarded Iraq with billions of pounds of export credit to purchase arms.
I think we can leave it at that for the time being as this whole sordid wheeling and dealing is extremely complex and so hard to take in at any one time. However what you can look at is one page from Ms Davison’s webpage before it was shut down that shows who was involved in what……….I am sure that if Sir Ken Warren is behind or assisting Ms Davison she could well become a liability for his demise………as they say you are never too old to end up in prison and I certainly could not think of any better place for him to end his last days…….after all he did nothing to bring this country back into respectability and like most of his elite brigade may well have taken blood money, especially in regard to the South African nuclear bombs that were illegally purchased and then stolen.
It goes without saying that by the time you have read all my articles you may well feel intensely sick at the terrible actions carried out by the respective governments that we have put in office. Add to this their determination to lead us all into a police state and to force us to succumb to the New World Order and one can only say “thank God I will be long gone.”
How the British people can take back their country from these evil satanic ruling elite is certainly not going to be easy but I am sure that justice can prevail and one can live in hope.
I find that during such moments in time the words of Ghandi can bring us all contentment…..Maybe Sir Kenneth Warren would do well to heed these words:
“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the
end, they always fall — think of it, ALWAYS.”
The next article will cover some other shonky deals that have taken place i.e. Allivane and Astra with some sudden deaths that just so happened to occur to people who knew too much!!
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Peter Eyre – Middle East Consultant – 18/6/2011 www.eyreinternational.wordpress.com